Above the Clouds

Clean Air Day 2020

Every year, air pollution causes  up to  36,000  deaths in the UK.   The World Health Organisation and the UK Government recognise that air pollution is the largest environmental health risk we face today. Poor air quality causes heart and lung diseases, is linked to low birth weight and children’s lung development and may even contribute to mental health issues. 

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About Clean Air Day

Air pollution is largest environmental health risk we face today, according to the UK government and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Clean Air Day is the UK’s biggest air pollution campaign. 

It’s a chance to find out more about air pollution, share information, and make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.

Go to the website to find out how you can play your part and how social distancing is no barrier to taking action on Clean Air Day.

www.cleanairday.org.uk.

Ideas for the day

  • Leave your car at home as much as you can.

  • Walk, scoot cycle or take public transport.

  • If you must drive – do not idle.  Turn the engine off when the car is not moving.

  • Reduce items for delivery and cut down on the number of vans in the village.  Try to get items delivered together to reduce journeys.

 

Look on the Clean Air Day website to see more ideas for learning about air pollution and 

how to reduce it in your home and outdoors

Download

your very own Clean Air Day guidebook by clicking

here

The Air Pollution Calculator

Use the Clean Air Day ‘Personal Air Pollution Calculator’ to work out your individual contribution to air pollution in the UK.

Click Here to go to the Air Pollution Calculator

This is the first version of the Air Pollution Calculator and as yet does not cover all the sources of air pollution that we would like it to. It focuses on the largest sources of air pollution – personal transport and domestic burning. The result is therefore an indication of a person’s air pollution footprint and should not be treated as a precise value of an individual’s full footprint. The methodology will be updated and expanded in future iterations as the Calculator develops.

Household burning, such as the use of wood stoves and open fires, is the biggest contributor to Particulate Matter pollution. Particulate matter is made up of airborne particles that can be composed of a combination of solids and liquids. These particles are smaller than the width of a human hair and we can breathe them in without noticing.

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